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President Barack Obama went to town on Donald Trump Saturday night, mocking his possible presidential ambitions in a sendup at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
With Trump in the hotel ballroom audience of celebrities, politicians and journalists, Obama zeroed in on Trump-fed conspiracy theories that he was not U.S.-born.
“Donald Trump is here tonight,” Obama said, grinning as he prepared to roast the real estate tycoon turned showman who was a guest of the Washington Post.
Obama earlier in the week released a longer version of his birth certificate after Trump had fueled the birth certificate controversy while testing the waters for a possible 2012 run for the Republican presidential nomination.
Now Trump can finally get “back to focusing on the issues that matter. Like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” Obama jibed.
Roswell is shorthand for a UFO incident in the vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico, where, according to some theories, an object that crashed in 1947 was an extra-terrestrial spacecraft carrying alien occupants.
Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur were slain rap icons, whose deaths also have also become a subject of continuing uncertainty.
Obama went on to suggest that Trump’s biggest decisions typically involved the trademark firings he routinely carries out on his reality television business challenge series.
“These are the kinds of issues that would keep me up at night,” Obama deadpanned. “Well handled, Sir, well handled,” he said of a recent firing on an episode of the show “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Trump grinned, pursing his lips and looking uncomfortable.
At one point big video screens in the ballroom flashed an image of what was labeled “Trump, The White House,” a take-off on the mogul’s practice of naming buildings after himself.
The mock-up portrayed a hotel-casino-golf course at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with bikini-clad girls frolicking in the fountain that adorns the White House front lawn and gold columns substituted at the front for white ones.
Also coming in for ribbing were Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman — all potential Republican challengers for the White House in 2012.
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